Finding Margin Through Increased Productivity


With the new year and resolutions upon us, many folks use this season to focus on personal development and self-improvement.  The options for such are wide and varied, and our attempt at “boiling the ocean” makes the subject complex.

A simplified and clarifying question regarding that very topic came up on an internal call today.  One of my associates stated, “What is one thing you can do to improve your personal productivity?”

Here are the responses:

  1. Go to bed and wake up thirty minutes earlier than your current habit.
  2. Have 15 minutes of disciplined prayer (quiet) time at the start of the day.
  3. In lieu of sending an email, make one additional phone call each day.
  4. Allocate time at the end of every day for reflection on your activities and actions compared to your goals and values.
  5. Watch an educational video or practice a new technology trick on often used hardware or software (iPhone, Excel, Word, Publisher, etc.)
  6. At the end of each workday, write down your top three goals for the next workday.
  7. Call a family member or friend on the way home from work each day.
  8. Calendarize your day in buckets with time allocated for projects, tasks, emails, and calls.

Albert Einstein once said, “Making the complex simple is the definition of genius.” I appreciate the genius of my associate’s responses that, when embraced, will head me in the right direction.

What’s your response to the question, “What’s one thing you can do to improve your personal productivity?”

John Hearn Principal

John A. Hearn

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